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Meet Sue Bergeson, DBSA President

Meet Sue Bergeson, President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the leading patient-directed national organization focused on the most prevalent mental illnesses, depression and bipolar disorder.

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Sue Bergeson became President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), formerly the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, in March of 2006, after serving as Vice President since August of 2000.  The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder.  DBSA has more than 1,000 peer-run support groups across the country and responds to the needs of over four million consumers who ask for help each year.

Ms. Bergeson’s recent speaking engagements include the Library of Congress, the NIMH Women’s Health Initiative Lecture series, LEAD, the Managed Markets Depression Advisory Group, Alternatives Mental Health Conference, the Borderline Personality Disorder Conference, the Bipolar Options Summit, Mental Health Today, (National Public Radio), and the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. 

Publications to which she has contributed include The Physicians Definitive Guide to Mood Disorders, Bipolar for Dummies, Parents Guide to Depression and the Guide Lines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) Toolkit.

She is a participant and member of various task forces, advisory boards, and conferences including the Annapolis Coalition, Institute of Medicine Closing the Quality Chasm Mental Health Workforce Training workgroup, SAMHSA Mental Health and Evidence Based Practices and Recovery Definition Task Force, NIMH Advocacy Coalition, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center Advisory Board (RRTC), University of Pennsylvania, the Treatment Resistant Depression Registry Advisory Board, the Carter Center Mental Health Symposia and the American College of Mental Health Administration Summits on Behavioral Health.  She also oversaw development of Peer Specialist Certification curriculum and training for the Peer-to-Peer Resource Center, a SAMHSA funded Technical Assistance Center.

Sue serves on the steering board of several research projects including the Grant Review work groups for the SAMHSA/CMS Recovery Infrastructure Grants; Patient-Centered Interventions for Mood Disorders, Group Health Cooperative’s Center for Health Studies, Center for Intervention and Services Research; Pharmacotherapy for Minor Depression, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Center for Complementary Medicine (NCCAM), and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS); Late Life Mood Disturbance Research Priorities Work Group, NIMH Aging Research Consortium, National Institute of Mental Health; and Stress, Brain Development and Child Mood Disorders, Harvard Medical School.

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